Ethics and Politics: The American Way

"Ethics and Politics: The American Way." The Moral Foundations of the American Republic. Ed. Robert H. Horwitz. Charlottesville: University of Virginia, 1977. 39-72.

This essay, published in 1977 in The Moral Foundations of the American Republic, edited by Robert H. Horwitz, is a fitting summary of Diamond’s understanding of the American regime—both its “low but solid” foundation in the large, commercial democratic republic, and the heights of human excellence it nonetheless makes possible. Indeed, this piece provides the scheme around which the collection of Diamond’s essays is organized.

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